To the Editor: The changes in the five-year black bear management plan currently being proposed by the North Carolina Wildlife…
The ramifications of one particularly disturbing directive passed in the last session of the General Assembly is unfolding right now…
The Golden LEAF Foundation and Duke Energy recently funded a trio of advanced manufacturing training grants, totaling $1.3 million, to Southwestern Community College and several partners. The funding has ensured that ConMet and other manufacturers throughout Western North Carolina can…
The Haywood Regional Medical Foundation has donated $400,000 to MedWest Haywood for a remodel of the fourth floor, which includes the Women’s Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit. “We are so grateful to the HRMC Foundation for making this remodel…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will see unprecedented turnover on its board this month, with five of the 12 seats being filled by newcomers.
Editor’s note: Alice Aumen has been a major voice in Haywood’s tourism landscape for more than half a century — as a founder of Cataloochee Ski Area, operator of the third-generation family-run Cataloochee Ranch and a leader in the Maggie…
After a split vote that followed nearly an hour of discussion, the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority hired three different marketing companies for a five-month period ending when the new fiscal year begins in June. 
Hunters from all over the mountains came together last weekend to speak out against the tactics used by undercover wildlife officers in a multi-year investigation  — one that presumably targeted bear poachers.
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent Some homeowners in Waynesville might have started wondering why a certain visitor who had routinely appeared in their yard is no longer coming around: town public works employees, pen and paper in hand, jotting down readings…
Attorneys in the seven western counties will to be called on in the coming weeks to weigh in on their top pick to fill a vacancy on the judicial bench.
On Sept. 12, Jeff Clontz walked out of Haywood County Jail a free man. It wasn’t his first time, though. Jail, release and failing to pay child support comprised a cycle he knew well, but this time was different. When…
A proposal to convert a closed-down state prison into a halfway house and homeless shelter in Haywood County is gaining steam. The old prison was given to the county two years ago after the state shut it down, but the…
Jacob Flannick & Holly Kays • Correspondent/Staff writer When Scott Cline graduated from Swain High School in the mid-1990s, the community had barely begun talking about forming a school soccer team. And while the sport is gaining popularity in Swain County,…
When Heidi Dunkelberg first entered the town of Canton, she couldn’t imagine ever living there.
I mentioned the fact a couple of weeks ago that N.C. House Bill 74— the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013…
Lindenwood Lake, a four to five-acre stretch of water in Highlands, froze over last week during the area’s record-cold temperatures.…
The left loop of the Tsali Trail system popular among mountain bikers is closed due to a slide along the…
New farmers market planned for Macon  The Macon County Heritage Center at the old Cowee School is launching a new…
Registration is now open for the Assault on Black Rock, a seven-mile trail race in Jackson County that takes runners…
Haywood Waterways Association is calling on lovers of clean water, those immune to the cold or anyone out there  crazy…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive 25 to 50 white-tailed deer every year for the next three years…
Evergreen Packaging’s Canton paper mill will be writing some big checks over the coming years as it moves to comply…
To the Editor: When Hillary Clinton proposed a government-run, single-payer system to solve our health care crisis, Republicans responded by proposing…
David C. Friedman • Guest Columnist Doug Wingeier’s op-ed published in The Smoky Mountain News on Dec.  25, 2013, titled, “Christmas…
Doug Wingeier • Columnist My oh my! Looks like the long arm of Israeli surveillance has reached out to us…
When Jane Hipps began toying with the idea of running for state Senate as a Democratic challenger, a wave of excitement crept through party circles.
Ron Robinson thinks a state senator should represent all of his constituents. 
The North Carolina Senate seat for the seven western counties could be one of the few swing races in the General Assembly this year as Democrats vie to make a dent in Republican dominance in Raleigh.
Nearly six months after a staged gunfight left a Ghost Town gunfighter injured, the incident is still not resolved.  Ghost Town amusement park in Maggie Valley was issued a $2,000 citation last month by the N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational…
Jake Flannick • SMN Correspondent He campaigned on the promise of making Franklin fertile ground for new ideas and encouraging more openness and transparency in government. 
By 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, the sky had long gone dark and rain was turning to snow. It was the perfect night to watch a football game. But Steve Kloster had barely gotten past the kickoff of the Sugar…
Canton residents will have the chance to weigh in on the town board’s yearlong search for a town manager at a public forum scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Colonial Theatre.
Jackson County tourism leaders are weighing the best way to get their message to the masses.
Controls on mountainside development in Jackson County could be loosened following a year-long line-by-line rewrite of steep slope rules by the Jackson County planning board.
There’s an open call for actors to audition for “To Kill A Mockingbird” Feb. 2-3 at the Haywood Arts Regional…
Apollo Winds, a professional chamber music group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the recital hall of…
Smoky Mountain Sk8way & FUN ZONE will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and customer appreciation skate on Wednesday, Jan. 15,…
Play Shop, a free event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and Celebration, will be…
This year marks the beginning of Western Carolina University’s 125th year of existence, and university faculty, staff and students are…
Appalachian fiddle and banjo duo The Stuart Brothers will perform at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Strand at 38…
An exhibit of work by Edward J. Bisese titled “Good Thoughts Better” will open with an artist talk and reception…
Hailing from the Green Mountains of Burlington, Vt., The DuPont Brothers have emerged as a breath of fresh air in…
What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got…
Some musings on the New Year, from one who never cared much for noisy midnight celebrations of any sort, but…
A public hearing on changes to the state’s hunting and fishing rules, including looser rules for black bear hunting, will…
Hiker Danny Bernstein of Asheville, author of The Mountains-to-Sea-Trail Across North Carolina, won third place in the “People on the…
One of the region’s premier garden and landscape designers will give a talk at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at…
The annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place Saturday, Jan. 4. In the weeks prior to the count many…
By Colby Dunn • SMN correspondent Perched atop the crest of a mountain, with two slim pieces of fiberglass strapped to…
In Voyage To Alpha Centauri (Ignatius Press, ISBN 978-1-58617-832-1), Michael O’Brien, Canadian writer and painter, gives us a grand tale…
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